Monday 17 June 2019

Connect with nature during Biodiversity Week

Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer

This year National Biodiversity Week will take place from Saturday to Sunday, 18 to 26 May.

It is a week for people to find their connection with nature and learn about the importance of biodiversity, not only in our lives, but to our lives.

Over the course of National Biodiversity Week more than 50 free nature events will be taking place all over Ireland to celebrate a variety of species and the importance of natural habitats for them.

In addition, and in promotion of, National Biodiversity Week, two photography competitions are also been run which have a closing date of May 31.

For full information on National Biodiversity Week visit


Environment and Nature Fund opened

Those interesting in doing their bit for biodiversity at the local level, community groups such as Tidy Towns in particular, may be interested to hear that the Community Foundation of Ireland's Environment and Nature Fund 2019 is open for applications from May 17.

Community groups can apply for grant funding to engage an ecologist and develop a Community Biodiversity Action Plan for their local areas.

For more information, visit


Town and Village Renewal Scheme

In relation to planning for local communities there was further good news with the recent announcement of Town and Village Renewal Scheme proposals.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an initiative under the Government's 'Action Plan for Rural Development - Realising our Rural Potential', and is part of a package of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland. 

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development the scheme will be administered through Cork County Council with expressions of interest now being sought for projects to be considered to be put forward for funding. 

The closing date for completed expression of interest forms is Friday, May 24 at 4pm and selection of projects under the Scheme will be by means of a competitive process.

Applications can be emailed to or the Municipal District Office and for full information including the Scheme Outline and the Expression of Interest Form, visit


Muintir na Tíre 'Pride in Our Community'

Communities that take pride in the natural heritage of their area, and indeed the renewal of their built heritage, undoubtedly take pride in their community and the place they call home.

This commitment to locality by community groups is recognised by Muintir na Tíre in the running of its Pride in Our Community Competition, supported by Cork County Council.

The 2019 Competition has just recently been announced and entries are now being accepted up until the closing date of Friday, June 1.

The aim of the 'Pride in Our Community Competition' is to encourage community groups and volunteers in County Cork to develop new or existing community-based amenities/projects that will be of long-term benefit to the community.

These projects should be available to all the community.

Any community group in the County of Cork can enter and for further information visit


Mallow Field Club to visit AnnesGrove

In terms of upcoming events there is much to look forward to over the coming days from a heritage perspective.

This evening (Thursday may 16) the Mallow Field Club and friends will visit AnnesGrove Gardens in Castletownroche in the company of well-known gardening expert Neil Porteous.

Those interested in attending are asked to meet outside the Garda Station in Mallow at 6.30pm.


Cork Folklore history training workshop

The following day, Friday 17th May, sees an Oral History Training Workshop take place in the Cork Folkore Project Outreach Hub in the North Cathedral Visitor Centre, Cork City.

The event will focus on developing the key skills required to conduct the best possible oral history interview.

Following on from introductory workshops, the training explores the relationship between interviewer and interviewee, examining the practicalities of the before, during and after stages of oral history interviewing.

For more information visit


Churchtown 150th anniversary concert

A concert will take place at St Nicholas' Church in Churchtown at 7.30pm on Friday evening (May 17) to commemorate 150th anniversary of the building.

The concert will feature the Churchtown Church Choir, Cahirmee Singers, Amhranaí Gospel Choir, Suzanne Haynes Trad Group, The Four Amigos (Denis Keogh, Liam Reilly, Tom Keogh, Pat Kelleher), Michael McCarthy and friends from Mallow, Noel Linehan, Muireann O'Brien, Mecca Barrett, Bridie Cronin (soprano) and Noel Coleman.

The concert's MC will be PJ O'Driscoll and admission on the evening will be €5.


Magical 'Movie Memories' in Kanturk

Also Friday evening is a wonderful event will be taking place in Kanturk, commencing at 8pm.

This is the screening of 'Movie Memories' - a wonderful documentary by Fwenda Young and Dan O'Connell of UCC, which was supported by Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland Programme.

It will look at the movie theatre going culture of County Cork over the many years, including footage from the Cinema in Kanturk.

All are welcome to attend this screening and for more information visit